Rie Suetomi is the Director of the Office of National Space Policy in the Government of Japan Cabinet Office and is responsible for Japan’s satellite remote sensing policy. Prior to her current role, she was an Assistant Director in the Government of Japan Cabinet Secretariat, during which time she was engaged in establishing the National Security Council in Japan and in reforming the organization of the Ministry of Defense. Suetomi started her career as a public servant in the Ministry of Defense and was engaged in formulating defense policy in the Defense Minister’s office for much of her early career. This included planning defense build-up concepts for the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces, establishing a new joint operating system for the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and promoting defense exchange with countries in the Asia-Pacific region. She then moved to the Ministry of Transportation at the Assistant Director level, where she led planning policy for the Japanese transportation industries for two years. Suetomi holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Tokyo and a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies from Stanford University. In 2014, she was selected to be the Japanese representative at the Centre for Defense and Strategic Studies in Australia.